Contact lenses and makeup

Makeup and contact lenses

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Contact lenses and makeup were both designed to make you look your best. Most of the time they work in harmony. Here are a few simple rules to remember to keep them working together well:

  • Any spray products, including perfume, deodorant and hairspray, should be applied before inserting contact lenses. Apply hand lotions after your contacts are in.
  • Insert your contact lenses before any makeup goes on. Wash and dry your hands before you touch your contact lenses.
  • If your eyes are sensitive, try switching to hypoallergenic makeup.
  • If you wear eyeliner, go for a soft pencil — they don’t flake as much as hard pencil eyeliners.
  • Avoid putting makeup directly on the eyelid margins (the flat part between the lashes and the eyeball). That area contains oil glands which can get clogged, causing styes and dry eyes.
  • Avoid putting products with glitter around the eyes. Glitter can sometimes flake into your eyes, causing severe scratching — especially if it gets under the contact lens!
  • Makeup can occasionally stick to contact lenses, causing blurring, itching and drying. Gently rubbing the contact lens is the best way to remove makeup particles.
  • Take your contacts out before removing your makeup. Remember to wash and dry your hands first.

Remember to always check expiration date for all makeup used around the eyes. Many bacterial infections can be traced to old makeup. Additionally, remember to remove any eye makeup before bed.